Whether served over steaks, meatloaf, or roast chicken, this versatile mushroom gravy recipe is a winner and so much better tasting than any jarred or packaged sauce mix. Even better, it is simple to make and has just a few ingredients. After mushrooms are sauteed in butter until somewhat dry and browned, they are then cooked a bit more with some flour. The broth is added, along with dried thyme, and once simmered and thickened a bit, this flavorful sauce is ready to top almost any dish.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
- When the butter starts to sizzle, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring for 10 minutes, or until the mushroom juices have evaporated and they begin to brown.
- Stir in the flour, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Whisk in 1 cup of the cold broth.
- Once incorporated, pour in the rest of the broth, and add the thyme.
- Bring back to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
- Serve hot.
Tips and Variations
- For a thicker gravy, turn heat up to medium and reduce to the desired thickness. For thinner gravy, simply add more broth. The beef broth will create the richest sauce, while the chicken broth will lend a deeper flavor than the vegetable broth.
- Using button or cremini mushrooms creates a nice base to this sauce, but feel free to add a little bit of shitake or even a few oyster mushrooms to create more interest and texture.
- Other herbs would complement this mushroom sauce, either in addition to the thyme or in place of. Try a little bit of rosemary, sage, savory, or parsley.
Recipes With Mushroom Gravy
A natural pairing for mushroom gravy is a nice, juicy steak, like slices of roasted beef tenderloin, but don't forget about other cuts of meat, as well as meatloaf and roasted turkey. Mushroom gravy is the perfect sauce for a Salisbury steak, which is basically a pan-fried hamburger, as it adds a wonderful depth of flavor, as well as a bit of moisture and texture to the patty. Maybe you will change your family's mind about meatloaf once it has some mushroom gravy spooned over, and surprise everyone this weekend with a turkey roll (butterflied and rolled turkey) served with mushroom gravy on the side.
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